Monthly Archives: January 2014

Introduction to Linocut

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Get Printing with Chris Pig

The course is designed as an introduction for people cutting lino for the first time. You will achieve amazing results in a short space of time. Be warned…it is very addictive!

For more information or to book please click here.
Go on, have a go.

Karolina Peszko


Karolina was born in Poland, spent teenage years in Paris, and graduated from Sir John Cass school of Art in London. Her practice is printmaking and object creation. Her work is concerned with finding images that evoke contradictory and ambiguous states of mind; such as calm and anxiety, awe and repulsion. Outside of her practice she also leads art workshops for children to help them channel their creativity.


I have an interest the human body; how it is connected to the rest of the world and how those connections are made and changed. I find the constituent parts of the body like bones and guts really beautiful and I’m increasingly interested in showing them in an abstract way. I think it’s very interesting when some images make you want to look closely and admire and at the same time you have an impulse to look away and squirm. I like to keep delicate seduction and subtle repulsion close to one another in my work.

I like printing in a way which is unrepeatable so I often combine etchings with mono- prints, chine-colle found patterns and emboss organic shapes like leaves or flower petals into the work. I’ll be keeping myself busy in East London Printmakers, I have a lot of experimenting to be getting on with!

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BA Fine Arts
London Metropolitan University, The Cass School of Art, London 2011
BTEC Diploma in Foundation of Art and Design. Distinction.
Hackney Community College, London 2008
Jugian Psychoanalysis; Art and Archetype,
Birkbeck College, London 2008
International Baccalaureate Diploma
International School of Paris, France


  • Promenade April 2013
    Mile End Art Pavillion
  • Altered States
    Degree show a the Cass School of Art June 2011
    Film projection.
  • Presence
    Mile End Art Pavillion
    ‘Release, Releasing, Released’ A series of 5 monoprints
    and three projections with sound played in a loop. Dec. 2010
  • Re:call
    Et Cetera Gallery, Hackney, London
    showing: ‘Release, Releasing, Released’ ; Nov. 2010
  • Art in a Suitcase: Reader’s digest
    The Hales Gallery, London
    A performance involving the audience. Tasting and eating a variety of words… Apr. 2009
  • Eat Your Words, part of: Exploring Food through Art
    Gillet Square, Dalston
    A playful stall for children during a family art event,
    Children can taste words imaginatively and share their reactions. Apr. 2009
  • Solo Performance: Spring Release
    ‘One and Other’ performance on the Fourth Plinth of Trafalgar Square. Aug. 2009

Sarah Lawton

The seduction of print and textile processes and how they can be adapted to facilitate learning, trigger the imagination and improve the health of vulnerable individuals, preoccupies my work. Themes emerge through connections with other artists, craftspeople in UK and artisans internationally, but are consistently underpinned by collaboration and cognitive responses to the ‘making process.’ My work and the projects I have been involved in can be viewed on

The idea of “flow” (Csikszentmihalyi, 1991) and skill acquisition informs the work. Disparate disciplines are drawn on, through research and practice, to identify key engagement methods that question society’s established value systems. The work connects the ‘overlooked and vulnerable’ intimately through the development and implementation of an artisanal ‘tool-kits.’ Workshop prototypes engage community groups with hand processes and project are developed through dialogue with artisans, artists and designers.

When working with and establishing new group projects participants ‘signature strengths’ are stimulated, nurtured and engaged. I record individual and group engagement through rigorous hand drawing. Blurring the boundaries between observer and participant, drawing becomes my personal record and a tool for dialogue. My future work aims to build on knowledge exchange between the UK and India.

A research project I designed whilst on residency in India, during 2012-2013 was to embellish the men’s ‘Khadi-bandi’ with block print and embroidery, bringing together artisans inter-connected through the product. I intend to develop the project further through participatory workshops, which invite members to carve a woodblock for printing onto cloth and paper, using relief and etching facilities. I plan to observe how diverse groups adapt the garment according to their personal narratives. The ‘bandi’ is traditionally made from Khadi cloth, which is ethically made and hand-spun, for independence, in India’s villages. The cloth I will use is made in Gujarat, the state I resided, for the duration of my trip.

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Eliza Southwood

Illustrator Eliza, mainly works with silkscreen prints and is forever busy, printing at East London Printmakers.
Eliza will be working at ELP on a self funded residency for the next 8 weeks. During her time here she will be developing her own work with a diversion away from bikes for the time being.

Her work will be exhibited at the London Transport Museum early this year.

Happy New Year – New Opportunities at ELP


This year East London Printmakers and London Centre for Book Arts have collaborated and are offering an intergalactic deal! We are offering reduced rates for members of ELP and LCBA on courses at both studios.
So now there is no excuse not to immerse yourself in a variety of traditional printing and binding techniques.

Here at ELP our aim is to support artists practicing printmaking. We provide professional and affordable facilities for screen printing, etching and relief printing and offer open access and courses in a variety of techniques.

London Centre for Book Arts in Hackney Wick has similar aims but as the name suggests in the world of books! LCBA is an open-access educational and resource centre dedicated to book arts, supporting artists working in book form and self-publishing. They run workshops in letterpress printing and various book binding techniques. Follow the links to their website for more info on their fantastic workshops.

So if you’re an ELP or LCBA member looking to expand your skills, check out the courses on offer and enjoy the concessionary rate!

To become a member of ELP and take advantage of reduced rates for courses at both ELP and LCBA click here.